Strength training options
March 27, 2014 6:03 AM Subscribe
I want to improve my endurance exercise by strength training. According to research
I should go for a high weight very low rep program. I know there are a few commonly recommended books for that like Starting Strength and The New Rules of Lifting (for Women). I wonder if there is a way to do this without going to a gym or buying expensive equipment, and without following a whole comprehensive program that assumes that weight lifting will be the focus of my life.
posted by blub to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (15 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I will go to a gym if that is my only real option. If so, I'd still like recommendations on what to do. Are there books about high weight low rep exercise targeted for runners/cyclists/triathletes/other endurance exercisers? (the people in the research I linked did 85-90% of their one-rep maximum for each exercise, four sets of three to four reps per exercise) I feel that many strength-training-for-runners books and magazine articles emphasize bodyweight exercises with more reps and are more for general health and perhaps some injury prevention but I want to focus on improving speed and it seems that those exercises don't do anything for that. I also don't want to gain muscle though (not because I have an irrational fear of "bulking up" but because that doesn't seem to be necessary), and it seems that many of the strength-focused books do focus on gaining muscle